Arkansas gun laws are in place to regulate purchase, ownership, sales, and usage of firearms in the state. It is illegal for any resident of Arkansas to own or possess a gun if they have a felony conviction or are diagnosed with any mental impairment. Most firearms laws in Arkansas are state-mandated, but some local counties have some gun-specific laws that apply as well. The purchase of automatic firearms is allowed, but they must be registered with the secretary of state. The rules regarding concealed carry are a bit confusing in that residents are no longer required to have a permit when they are “upon a journey.” This language is odd, and the courts are sorting out questions and debates about this among government officials. It is not legal to carry a firearm in a university, courthouse, government building, athletic event or other places designated by Arkansas law as “off limits.”
Arkansas’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
The following states honor Arkansas carry permits:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These states honor non-resident permits from Arkansas: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The state of Arkansas allows permits from these states and territories:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, , Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Arkansas used to require a concealed carry permit until 2013, then the law changed, and now it says you do not need one while “upon a journey.” If you do not have a permit, you can carry guns in your car, but they must be unloaded and stored in a case. Storing a gun in your glove box is illegal. If you do have a permit, it is legal to carry it concealed in your vehicle. Some localities allow open carry, and some do not. The law concerning this is confusing and still being debated. Unless a restaurant posts a “No Guns” sign, you are allowed to bring yours in with you. You are also permitted to take firearms into state parks. If you happen upon an officer while carrying, you must notify them by law that you are carrying a weapon. No Weapons signs are enforced in Arkansas, and it is illegal to ignore them.
The Department of Public Safety for Arkansas issues carry permits. To qualify, you must be 21 years or older, only 18 if you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard. You must be a resident of Arkansas for at least 90 days. You have to be a U.S. citizen, read Arkansas concealed carry law, and take a firearms safety course. Additionally, cannot be a convicted felon and you cannot be diagnosed with any mental illness. You also cannot be convicted of any crime using a weapon for the past five years.
If you are selling a gun privately in Arkansas, you are not required to initiate a background check. Firearm dealers who sell to the public are required to perform an FBI, NCIS background check on every person before they purchase a gun. Previous gun purchasers who have an exempt status are the only exception to this rule; all others must produce a valid ID and signature to apply when purchasing a gun. You will have to fill out one form called a Firearm Transaction Record for the state, but other than that, it is pretty easy to purchase a firearm in Arkansas.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Concealed handgun carry license||In Mail:|
$87 (65 years or older)
$142.11 (64 years or younger)
$90.61 (65 years or older)
$78.25 Late Renewal (expired less than six months)
There is a $15 late fee for renewals if the license has expired and there is no fee reduction based on age for renewals.
|$110 - $170|
|State parks||Any police, sheriff or Arkansas State Police office|
|State and national forests||Arkansas Highway Police facility|
|Road side rest areas||Detention facility, prison or jail|
|Vehicle||Courthouse or courtroom|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden||Any polling place|
|Meeting place of any government entity|
|Meeting place of any session of the Arkansas General Assembly or committee of the General Assembly|
|Any athletic event|
|Any part or section of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, except a restaurant|
|Any part of section of an establishment in which alcohol is consumed on the premises, except a restaurant|
|Any school, college, community college, or university campus building or school/college event|
|Inside the passenger terminal of any airport|
|Any church or other place of worship|
|Any place where a property owner or manager has exercised discretion to prohibit the possession of a firearm|
|Participating in a parade or demonstration for which a permit is required|
|At a private residence|
|Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law|
|Monday – Friday:||N/A|
|Address:||Arkansas State Police Headquarters|
One State Police Plaza Drive
|City:||Little Rock, AR 72209|
1 State Police Plaza Drive, CityLittle Rock, AR 72209